Eickhoff signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with the Phillies on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Eickhoff was limited to just three appearances for the Phillies in 2018 thanks to a lingering lat injury, notching a 6.75 ERA and 11:0 K:BB in 5.1 innings when healthy. He underwent surgery in October to address a carpal tunnel issue, but is expected to be fully healthy for the start of spring training. The 28-year-old right-hander owns a career 3.91 ERA across parts of four major-league seasons (381.2 innings) and figures to compete for a back-end rotation spot in camp.
Eickhoff underwent surgery in October to address a lingering carpal tunnel issue but is expected to be fully healthy for spring training, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Eickhoff considered undergoing the procedure, which likely would have been season-ending, in late July, but he ultimately opted to delay the operation until the day after the season ended. The procedure removed pressure on the main nerve in his wrist, which is expected to eliminate the numbness and tingling sensation he felt in his fingers during the 2018 campaign. Eickhoff, who is currently a few weeks ahead of his typical offseason program, said he feels 100 percent and will "for sure" be ready for the start of spring training. The right-hander will compete for a back-end rotation spot in camp.
Eickhoff (0-1) made his first start of the 2018 season in Friday's loss to the Braves. He went 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out eight and taking the loss. In what was only Eickhoff's third appearance of the season, he looked reasonably effective as he fanned eight batters, including seven in a row at one point. It's been a lost year for Eickhoff, who missed most of the season due to various ailments, but he gave the Phillies a glimpse of his talent as he'll look to compete for a spot in next year's rotation.
Eickhoff will toe the rubber against the Braves on Friday, Matt Gelb of the The Athletic reports. Eickhoff will make his first start for the Phillies in 2018 due to Zach Eflin's strained oblique, which will prohibit the latter from pitching during the final series of the year. Across two relief appearances with the big-league club this month, Eickhoff has allowed two earned runs on five hits while striking out three in two innings.
Manager Gabe Kapler said Eickhoff could start sometime this week, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Eickhoff has made just one appearance for the big club this season due to injuries, allowing one run while striking out two in an inning of relief. With the Phillies out of playoff contention, the right-hander may be afforded a spot start before the end of the season.